OK. What are you going to say?No, not talking about the lyrics of the songs.Have you thought about banter?Yeah. In between songs.You need to talk.Really.
|The Biscuit Brothers address a Front Porch Days crowd in 2010.|
Things to remember
- When you speak into a microphone at a show, you are now the spokesperson for your band. It's no longer your opinion; it's the band's opinion. Be careful to respect the other members enough to know that.
- When you make your set list, include the "title" of something you want to make sure to say. Kind of like a banter set-list.
- Practice your banter. It doesn't come naturally to most.
- If you suck at talking... make sure your songs run into each other... or there's just a few seconds of silence between. If there's any long silence, you have lost listeners.
- You ARE the show. The songs are what brought them in. The band is what makes them enjoy it. The banter is just something to keep people occupied in between songs. It doesn't have to be heavy (although it can be), doesn't need to be important... it just needs to be SOMETHING that people will stay cued into what's happening on stage in between songs.
- Go to other shows. Learn from people who do it well. It's a learned trait. You didn't pick up that guitar and instantly know how to play a song. You will not grab a microphone and instantly be great at banter. It's a process. Stay engaged and soon you'll become more comfortable. The more comfortable you get, the better you will be. Break down the 4th wall.
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